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I used this thrifty recipe instead of purchasing expensive ant baits, and it really works well because the sugar draws the ants in. It only takes a couple of days to see results, and it is disposable.
Poke 5 holes evenly spaced around the container about one inch from the top using the screwdriver.
Mix 1 cup Borax with 3 cups of sugar (good for about 6 traps). Fill each container halfway. Add water to make it soupy. Add a spoonful of peanut butter, stir. Put lid on.
Set traps. Check back in a few days and you should see results.
By karin from Benbrook, TX
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What is the sugar and yeast mixture in the homemade ant trap that kill the ants?
By cari from Hazel Green, AL
I use 1/2 borax and 1/2 powdered sugar.
If getting rid of ants in your home and garden is the desired outcome, making your own ant bait at home is easy and effective to do that. This page contains homemade ant bait recipes.
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A safe way to trap pesky little ants without poison.
Mix all ingredients together and then smear a thin layer on each of the index cards. Use a rubber spatula to spread the mixture on the cards. Put the index cards in places that you have seen ants.
There must be a hundred recipes, but mine works so well, here it is. Mix honey with a little 20 mule team Borax, just enough borax to make the honey not run. If there is too much borax it won't work. You'll be able to tell very soon. Using grits in Eastern Washington doesn't work too well because we have the very tiny ants. Cream of Wheat will also work. On the Seattle side, the grits would work better, because grits are larger and so are the ants.
By Ardis B. (06/15/2005)
Interesting information from http://www.proliberty.com/observer/20060612.htm
about using aspartame for ant poison.
Aspartame (Nutrasweet) was actually developed as an ant poison and only changed to being considered non-poisonous after it was realized more money can be made if it is used as a sweetener. Yikes! (08/20/2006)
Cutting a plastic pop bottle on the top reversing into the other part of the bottle, putting a little water sugar and a bit of jam, you need one or two live ants and there you go you'll see those ants accumulating in there in no time :P (05/24/2007)
By Tonka Driver
FYI, I use this pop bottle method to trap fruit flies as well. They really like cider vinegar or orange juice. Try taping the two parts together to prevent any escapes! (06/25/2008)
Regarding the aspartame as ant poison myth: